Top 10 Zagato designs
Styling house Zagato has always done things its own way. We choose ten of our favourite designs from the Milan couturier
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ
When the SZ was displayed as an official Alfa model at the 1960 Geneva Salon, variations of the theme had already been cleaning up in small-capacity classes of sports car racing for four years. Bertone’s lovely Giulietta SS had been the factory-sanctioned competition model but it proved too heavy for the purpose, its shapely backside being handed to it on a regular basis by Zagato’s featherweight product. The parent firm was obliged to take it on as a production model, and Zagato followed though in ’61 with the longer, lower and wider ‘Coda Tronco’ Kamn-tail variant.
AutoFact: A mere 30 ‘Coda Tronco’ versions were made.
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Zagato crafted its first 8V outline in 1952. It followed through the following year with an open barchetta version, before putting its GT take into production (all things being relative). Except that this being Zagato, no two cars were ever truly alike. Front and hind treatments often differed, some cars bearing the trademark ‘double-bubble’ roofs, supposedly on the grounds of adding extra headroom. In 1955, the firm bought several leftover 8Vs from Fiat and carried on crafting cars into the late ’50s: 'leftover' because the 8V had been quietly dropped from Fiat’s line-up.
AutoFact: Company principal Elio Zagato enjoyed title-winning success racing 8Vs.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1
The glorious TZ1 (Tubulare Zagato – the ‘1’ bit was added retrospectively) picked up from where the SZ left off. Penned by future BMW design chief Ercole Spada, this super-streamlined GT first ventured trackside in October 1963. Based largely on Giulia running gear, there was little to touch it in the 1600cc class, with a debut win at Monza acting as a prelude to complete domination of the ’64 season. This saw category honours in the Sebring 12 Hours, Le Mans, Nürburgring 1000km race and Targa Florio, just for starters. The sexier-still, glassfibre-bodied TZ2 arrived midway through 1965.
AutoFact: According to Spada, the TZ1 began life as an Abarth project.
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Jaguar E-Type 3.8L Roadster
The Jaguar E-Type is a British automobile legend, manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. A combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing ensured the car was an instant legend. In period, a Ferrari cost three times more and supplied less horse power which established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. The model became a great success for Jaguar; at its release EnFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Little Green Street Farm, Green Street, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, WD3 6EA United Kingdom£ 224,995
PORSCHE 993 TARGA, 1996
An excellent U.K. manual Targa in a great colour combination that we know well having first purchased it in 2006 since when it has been owned by several of our most loyal customers. It has a great specification featuring hardback sports seats, trip computer, sports exhaust and sound package including the Porsche Classic Hifi system which incorporates Bluetooth, radio, navigation and iPhone interfaFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN11 8RH United Kingdom£ POA
Porsche 944 S2 1990
Excellent condition! Only 33,190 actual miles Rare and desirable 1990 944 S2 Cabriolet One of only 1,824 built to North American specification Stunning and desirable factory correct color combination Excellent documentation includes original owner’s manual, warranty & service book with service records, dealer directory, original tools, jack, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity andFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | St. Louis, MO, USA$ 29,900
Aston Martin Mk II Long 1934
Long Chassis MK II Chassis K4/511/L This is an outstanding example of a long chassis MKII. Fewer than 80 of these cars were made and a number have been lost over the years or had their chassis shortened. This car has been in the same enthusiastic ownership since the 1970s, over half its life! Ecurie Bertelli carried out a full restoration including engine re-build and the car has been used rFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Stilebrook Road, Olney MK46 5EA, UK£ POA
Mini Cooper 'S' 1275 1963
1963 MORRIS MINI COOPER S 1275 MKI SALOON (concours condition) Stunningly finished in period colours of old English white with black roof, red and cream seats with matching door cards and red carpets. This car has had a ground up restoration by Mini Specialist Minispeed of Byfleet Surrey starting early in 2008 and finishing late 2009. The total restoration costs were an amazing £40,000 supportFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Sandbanks Road, Poole, UK£ 39,995
Ferrari Dino 246 GT 1972
This 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (chassis number 02498) was new delivered to Switzerland. It’s a complete matching number car and it’s in its original “fly yellow” Ferrari colour with a black vinyl interior. It was first registered in France in March 1973 with license 6399ZX75 and was owned by Mackenzie Hill. The second owner, in 1981, was Jean-Pierre Maillard, a French race car driver who drFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Vosveld 7, Wijnegem, Belgium€ 290,000
Volkswagen Type 2 (T1 Split Window) 1975
Restored 5 years ago for family use. Top "A" quality restoration. Engine is running perfectly, front safari windows, special wheels. For export from Brazil to any country. Asking price is FOB (Free On Board), that is to say all the costs to export it are included.For Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Brazil€ 28,900
Mini Cooper S FIA Race Car 1964
Bought by James Martin in 2013 to develop into a front running car in the prestigious pre 66 historic saloon car series run by Masters and of course the Goodwood Revival St Mary’s Trophy where he shared the car with top flight BTCC driver and fellow TV Celebrity Jason Plato. With a fresh £22k engine and gearbox from leading Mini expert Swifttune this car is not only well known but quick and reaFor Sale | 21 Jun 2018 | Hampshire, UK£ 47,500
Zagato has been dressing Ferraris for almost as long as the marque has existed, starting with the 166-based confections in 1949. Arguably its most beautiful offering was the 1957 250GTZ. Current principal Andrea Zagato said in 2014: 'For me, it is among the most beautiful Ferraris ever made. My father Elio worked closely with Fabio Luigi Rapi on the styling, and I think the 250GTZ is a masterpiece. We made five cars, all of which differed in detail. I believe they all still exist, too.' More recent efforts have included the Testarossa-based FZ93, which remained unique, and the pretty, Nori Harada-styled 575GTZ.
AutoFact: Further ‘Sanction II’ 250s have been made in recent years.
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As with most super-exclusive exotics of the day, a variety of coachbuilders left their mark on the A6G54. Pietro Frua and Serafino Allemano both produced lovely outlines, yet Zagato typically went its own idiosyncratic way and shaped a series of pared-back road-racers. Aside from the coupés, the Milanese styling house also fashioned a Spider variant, which sadly remained unique. Later examples had slightly flared rear arches and broader hindquarters, along with larger back windows mounted higher in the body. These cars represent an alluring alchemy of grace and eccentricity that typified the firm’s output in the 1950s.
AutoFact: Zagato also bodied a 450S sports-racer, but designer Frank Costin reckoned it made a hash of things…
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Porsche Barchetta Zagato
Porsche isn’t the first name that springs to mind when you think of Zagato, and this one-off remains forever in the shadows, as it was destroyed in period. The Barchetta Zagato was built at the behest of former Mille Miglia and Le Mans regular Claude Storez in 1957. The Parisian was a star in DB Panhards before moving on to a Porsche 550 and 356 Carrera A. He scored four race wins and several podium positions aboard the be-finned Zagato confection, before crashing it with fatal consequences in February 1959. In 2010, Zagato announced plans to build a small run of recreations (pictured).
AutoFact: More recently, Zagato reworked a Carrera GT supercar.
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Aston Martin DB4GTZ
Zagato and Aston Martin have a symbiotic relationship that stretches as far back as 1960. There have been several collaborations over the years, even if some of the more recent models to wear the famous Z logo weren’t styled in Italy. But it’s this, the template-setting original, that remains an icon in both firms’ storied histories. The remarkable thing here is that Ercole Spada was only 22 years old when he penned his take on the DB4 theme. What’s more, he hadn’t designed an entire car before. Twenty were purportedly made, but rather more survive decades on…
AutoFact: DB4GTZs were raced in period by Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren and Graham Warner.
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Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato
Styled by Ercole Spada at the height of his powers, this take on the Alfa 105-series theme wasn’t warmly received when unveiled in 1969, if only for the visuals. This cast a long shadow. All manner of copyists followed in its wake, not least the first-generation Honda CR-X, but none match the purity of the template-setting original. Even now the styling remains an acquired taste, and it is somewhat colour sensitive (green or white is preferable). Yet the Junior Zagato looks infinitely more exotic than its Bertone-shaped stablemate.
AutoFact: A mid-engined prototype was evaluated for motor-racing applications.
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This sublime sports-coupé was conceived by noted collector/dealer Paul Koot of The Netherlands, and styled by Marco Pedracini. Based on the rally-proven Delta Integrale platform, complete with four-wheel drive, its chances were undone by a changing of the guard at Lancia’s parent company, Fiat, which abruptly withdrew its support, even of the tacit variety. As such, Integrales had to be purchased from dealers and stripped at Koot’s Lusso Service facility before the cars were bodied in Italy. Launched at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1992, only 25 were made including the original prototype. The project was canned in ’93.
AutoFact: Zagato later reworked the styling for its Audi-based Zuma, which remained unique.
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Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale
This distinctive machine remains controversial among Alfa fans, as it has remarkably little Alfa content. It was predated by the TZ3 Corsa, a unique sports car which boasted a carbon-fibre frame and hand-beaten aluminium body panels. The Stradale was a different beast entirely. While its Norihiko Harada-penned outline borrowed styling cues from the classic TZ1 and TZ2 models, this machine was vast by comparison. That was largely due to the fact that it was based on a Dodge Viper ACR-X, complete with V10 engine. Dodge was now part of Fiat, which owned Alfa Romeo, so it sort of made sense. Ish.
AutoFact: Nine cars were purportedly made – but this is debatable.
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Classic Cars for Sale
The Jaguar E-Type is a British automobile legend, manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. A combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing ensured the car was an instant legend. In period, a Ferrari cost three times more and supplied less horse power which established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. The model became a great success for Jaguar; at its release En
An excellent U.K. manual Targa in a great colour combination that we know well having first purchased it in 2006 since when it has been owned by several of our most loyal customers. It has a great specification featuring hardback sports seats, trip computer, sports exhaust and sound package including the Porsche Classic Hifi system which incorporates Bluetooth, radio, navigation and iPhone interfa
Excellent condition! Only 33,190 actual miles Rare and desirable 1990 944 S2 Cabriolet One of only 1,824 built to North American specification Stunning and desirable factory correct color combination Excellent documentation includes original owner’s manual, warranty & service book with service records, dealer directory, original tools, jack, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and
Long Chassis MK II Chassis K4/511/L This is an outstanding example of a long chassis MKII. Fewer than 80 of these cars were made and a number have been lost over the years or had their chassis shortened. This car has been in the same enthusiastic ownership since the 1970s, over half its life! Ecurie Bertelli carried out a full restoration including engine re-build and the car has been used r